My research focuses on the behavior and preferences of political elites, specifically whether political elites’ behavior and preferences contribute to inequalities in the distribution of political resources or outcomes across groups based on political affiliation, race, class, gender, age, sexual orientation, or disability status.
My research advances our knowledge of elite political behavior and preferences and the representation of disadvantaged groups, utilizing quantitative, experimental research designs. My research will provide evidence on questions of import to both political science and national political conversations, including:
Do conservative students face systematic bias in higher education?
Are county clerks biased against gay and lesbian couples in the process of issuing marriage licenses?
Do boards of education discriminate against black families in referrals of children to gifted and talented programs?
Do political party elite prefer candidates based on age, race, gender, class, sexual orientation, or disability status?
Are municipal governments biased against residents from poorer, blacker neighborhoods?